"Nous avons reçu le blues en héritage. Ça ne signifie pas qu’il faut le muséifier. La plupart des grands bluesmen furent des innovateurs en leur temps. Beaucoup étaient des migrants. Émigrer signifie prendre son futur à bras le corps. C’est une des leçons du blues, transcender le fatalisme et rendre le pessimisme positif"
..."Le binôme Bibb et Milteau signe un nouvel album virtuose, lyrique, profond, généreux. De fait, l’orphelin syrien, l’ancien esclave noir américain de Clarksdale, et le Bluesman lambda aspireraient au même aboutissement : la liberté."
LIBÉRATION « Ça va jazzer »
« La sobriété chantante de la voix d’Eric ne gâte rien. Mais ses deux compères ont aussi leur part de responsabilité : Jerome Brown fait ici sonner un banjo, là un violon, là une deuxième guitare sans jamais faire le malin ; et notre Jean-Jacques Milteau national confirme, avec la délicatesse virtuose dont il est capable, qu’un harmonica bien employé peut sourire et pleurer en même temps. »
LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR
« Eric et ses partenaires livrent un album minutieux, délicat et mélodique, entre folk, blues et country. Mettant l’émotion en avant, les musiciens jouent sur la retenue, à l’image de l’harmoniciste JJ Milteau, discret, jamais envahissant mais aux interventions toujours justes. »
… "Milteau is a unique harp player. He doesn’t stick to what you might expect a blues player to do, but instead finds original and interesting ways to accompany Bibb. He doesn’t draw attention to himself, which makes him indispensable. His ability to serve the song, to know when to come in and when to bow out, is the sign of a seasoned pro with an innate sense of what is needed."
THE FLAME STILL BURNS
"Eric Bibb is on a roll... and Migration Blues may be his masterpiece... Minimalist harmonica player, JJ Milteau... prefers tastefully understated, languid nuances... This album is as close to perfect as it gets, starting with CD sleeve’s su- perb design... Anyone who knows Eric Bibb’s recent work, especially with Browne and Milteau, knows that this ensemble is musically refined and elegant. Bibb on his own is remarkable... Milteau adds light dabs of color accentuation here and there, just where needed. Musically things are quintessential. Every note counts."
“Despite the seriousness of the topics, Bibb’s voice and music make it all very listenable. Milteau’s Harmonica is an important component to the sound on many of the songs as it provides a nice counterpoint to Bibb’s guitar work.”
CASHBOX MUSIC REVIEWS
"Mr. Bibb’s current offering is primarily a trio affair, ably assisted by guitarist Michael Jerome Browne and harmonica player JJ Milteau. The threesome’s chemistry generates a constant incandescence, adding just the proper amount of heat underneath Bibb’s tales of folks on the move."
ROOTS MUSIC REPORT
"Bibb’s warm voice and his guitar is exclusively backed for most of the record by only Michael Jerome Browne (guitars, banjos, mandolin) and the harmonica talents of JJ Milteau, who recently made a live record with Bibb. As Milteau and Browne also pitched in on the production and songwriting, it’s virtually a full-blown collaboration among the three."
"Michael Jerome Browne and JJ Milteau bring their considerable talents to the fore and provide layers of emotion to the compositions with intuitive and subtle turns. Together they buoy and challenge Bibb in his effort to tackle a complex issue in song. While this album is birthed out of Bibb’s singular vision, it is also one of his most collaborative works to date. Three of the fifteen tracks find Bibb sharing writing credits with Browne and Milteau. There are covers of two songs by Browne, and one track, a delightfully giddy Cajun number, written by Browne and Milteau. The liner notes give producer credits to all three men. Sitting in the lounge of the General Lewis Inn after his recent West Virginia gig, Bibb expressed his excitement for this project. “I’ve recorded with JJ before, but I’ve never done a whole album with Michael, and I was glad we got to do this. It was time.” ... The Cajun number, “La Vie C’est Comme un Oignon,” is penned by Milteau and Browne. Browne, an American who has lived most of his life in Canada, and Milteau, who is French, celebrate the cultural gifts that the Acadians brought to America and the world. Expelled from Nova Scotia by the British in the mid-1700s, many migrated to Louisiana, enriching their new homeland in the process. This exuberant tune shows the resolve of a people and way of life in the midst of forced change. The Band classic, “Acadian Driftwood” speaks of the same event. All I know is Browne and Milteau seem to be having a hell of a good time ..."
THE FLAME STILL BURNS